Self-directed support (SDS) is the principle that people have informed choice about the way that their social care and support is provided to them by taking control of the money spent on that support.
Who can direct their own support?
In Scotland, people can have a Self Directed Support Payment, when they are assessed as needing a community care service.
Those who are eligible are:
older people who have been assessed as needing community care services;
disabled people who have been assessed as needing community care services;
disabled 16 and 17 year olds assessed as needing children's services;
those who need some mental health services support;
parents of, or people with parental responsibility for, a child (under the age of 18) who has been assessed as needing children's services, and attorneys and guardians with welfare and financial powers to act on behalf of a person with reduced capacity.
How does it work?
SDS gives people control over an individual budget and allows them to choose how it is spent on support which meets their agreed health and social care outcomes.
SDS includes a number of options for getting support. The person’s individual budget can be:
Taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment)
Allocated to a provider the individual chooses. The council or funder holds the budget but the person is in charge of how it is spent (this is sometimes called an individual service fund)
Or the individual can choose a council arranged service
Or the individual can choose a mix of these options for different types of support
If there is currently no support service within your area 1st Homecare will help find you the self-directed support advisor from your local authority.
Please give us a call to find out more – you can find your local 1st Homecare office on the contact page or call our Head Office number: 01324 633377.
Alternatively, you can use the contact form on the website - you will receive a response to your enquiry within 24-hours.
1st Homecare was established in 2004 as a domestic cleaning company for people in the Falkirk area. As trust in our work developed, staff found themselves asked to help with the every day personal needs of their clients.
“I would like to thank you for the work you have done with C and S in trying to
develop their confidence after previous providers let them down badly.
Your professionalism and knowledge of working with people who have a
diagnosis of trauma/personality disorder has been really helpful and
I appreciate you contacting me regularly with updates.”
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